Mixed response on Yechury call for Left merger

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury`s stand that CPI-M and CPI should merge evoked a mixed response in the two Left parties.

Hyderabad/Coimbatore: CPI-M leader Sitaram
Yechury`s stand that CPI-M and CPI should merge evoked a mixed
response in the two Left parties even as he stressed that the
merger would have a "positive" impact on national politics.

Some CPI-M leaders in their initial reaction to
Yechury`s remarks yesterday were apparently not very enthused
but CPI leaders said they were amenable to the idea of
unification of the Communist parties for a comprehensive Left
movement in the country. The CPI-M was formed in 1964 after it
broke away from CPI.

CPI(M) politburo member BV Raghavulu said it was more
important for the Left parties to work together on various
public issues rather than getting bogged down on merger.

"The merger of Left parties is not important now. More
important is Left parties working together. It is not better
for us if we get bogged down about merger," Raghavulu, who is
Andhra Pradesh secretary of CPI(M,) said in Hyderabad.

When pointed out that the Left can be more effective
if they merge, he said, "It is fine if we become more
effective. But we should not end up fighting among ourselves.
If we merge, it should be forever."

Endorsing the views of the CPI-M Polit Buro member,
CPI`s D Raja said his party has, for long, advocated the
reunification of the Communist moveme. Raja had said on Sunday
that unification of the CPI and the CP-M will take time though
his party was consistent on it.

Tamil Nadu unit CPI Secretary D Pandian welcomed
Yechury`s remarks and said the merger was a "political duty"
and "compulsion of time" and should be accelerated.

The merger process should be accelerated and completed
before the All India Conferences of the two Left parties
scheduled in March 2012, he said in Coimbatore.

Yechury reiterated today that the two Left parties
should explore the possibility of a merger saying it will have
a "positive and galvanising" impact on national politics.

Yechury said a Left merger would give sharper focus to
the voice of the marginalised and exploited people in the
country. He however refused to set a time-frame saying some
issues needed to be resolved.

He reiterated that well wishers of the Left front
wanted the merger to happen "as soon as possible" but declined
to reveal their identities.

Yechury yesterday spoke of a possible merger of CPI and
CPI(M) hoping the two Left parties can come together in the
near future after their split nearly five decades ago, but
said no time-frame could be given for the completion of the

Pandian said there were no major ideological differences
between CPI and CPI-M.

A united Communist Party would be able to fight for
people`s causes, particularly in the prevailing situation of
corruption and scams, he said.


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